"I grew up like a neglected weed - ignorant of liberty, having no experience of it."
"To run is not necessarily to arrive."
"If you don't like something, change it. If you can't change it, change your attitude. Don't complain."
"Early in life I had learned that if you want something, you had better make some noise."
"However long the night the dawn will break."
"If I'm following a general and he's leading me into battle, and the enemy tends to give him rewards, or awards, I get suspicious of him. Especially if he gets a peace award before the war is over."
"In the moment of crisis, the wise build bridges and the foolish build dams."
"However far the stream flows, it never forgets its source."
"You can't hate the roots of a tree and not hate the tree. You can't hate Africa and not hate yourself."
"A spider's cobweb isn't only its sleeping spring, but also its food trap."
"To get lost is to learn the way."
"Usually when people are sad, they don't do anything. They just cry over their condition. But when they get angry, they bring about a change."
"Cross the river in a crowd and the crocodile won't eat you."
"An army of sheep led by a lion can defeat an army of lions led by a sheep."
"I am where I am because of the bridges that I crossed. Sojourner Truth was a bridge. Harriet Tubman was a bridge. Ida B. Wells was a bridge. madame C.J. Walker was a bridge. Fannie Lou Hamer was a bridge."
"If you are filled with pride, then you will have no room for wisdom."
"He who fears the sun will not become chief."
"We can't become what we need to be by remaining what we are."
"If you stick a knife nine inches into my back and pull it out three inches, that is not progress. Even if you pull it all the way out, that is not progress. Progress is healing the wound, and America hasn't even begun to pull out the knife."
"If you want to go quickly, go alone. If you want to go far, go together."
"He who thinks he is leading and has no one following him is only taking a walk."
"Question everything. Every stripe, every star, every word spoken. Everything.